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Thursday, 22 July 2021 12:41

Sunday Worship

SUNDAY WORSHIP

We’re meeting at 9:00 or 10:45 for worship.

Over the next two Sundays we’ll finish our study of the book of Daniel

July 25: “Angels & Demons at War –Standing Firm and Making a Difference in the Battle”

August 1: “Resurrection Life – Where Will You Spend Eternity?”

Through the rest of August we’ll have some stand alone sermons addressing some hard questions and tough topics. 

No Sunday Children’s Ministry August 15, 22, 29 or Sept 5, so that our staff can have a break and be ready to launch September 12th.

Starting September 12, we’ll have a special sermon series on Prayer. Please start praying for people you intend to invite to join you at worship in the Fall. 

Community Groups are starting the week of September 12! 

EAGLE LAKE OUTREACH

The kids are having a fun week! It’s amazing to see the energy that the Eagle Lake Staff pours out in serving our kids! 

We are using every spare room in all our buildings! 

Please keep praying for the Gospel to be heard and that every kid would come to know Jesus. 

Thank you everyone who contributed to bringing Eagle Lake Day Camp to Alamosa.  

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HYMN SING this Sunday, July 25th at 6:00 pm in the Sanctuary

 

***SPECIAL*** POPCORN AND A MOVIE JULY 31

PIZZA NIGHT! IN THE GRASS!  BOXCARS FOR CHILDREN. Bring lawn chairs or blankets to Dennis and Cheryl O’Douds house at 6037 Meadow Lane (North Alamosa, near Splashland). The Movie is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Cheryl will give more of an explanation at this Sunday’s worship services.

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT AUGUST 5 & 6

We’ve hosted the Global Leadership Summit for several years now. Most of those registering have been from the local businesses or city and county employees. It’s been nice to serve our local community by hosting this uplifting and encouraging leadership conference at Living Water.  Click on the following link and when prompted insert this code 21SVTEAM  https://www.google.com/url?q=https://register.globalleadership.org/%23/reg/trans/one?invtID%3DEV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028%26orgCustomerID%3D704772%26priorityCD%3D21SVTEAM&source=gmail&ust=1627065646434000&usg=AFQjCNFtjjLag4MquufcrrA176BBq_yrQA">https://register.globalleadership.org/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=21SVTEAM 

PRAYER NIGHT, August 11  6:30 p.m.

Join others to pray for our church, community and nation at

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AUGUST 9-13, Times are 9:00 A.M. Till Noon

We’re looking forward to a wonderful time for your kids at this end of the summer VBS!

Parents if you have specific questions please contact our VBS director Brenna Rivale at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NURSERY UPDATE

Nursery Director Melissa Haddican wants to let the church know that we will soon be in need of some more nursery employees and volunteers. If you are interested in serving the infants and toddlers for a worship service on Sunday mornings please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MISSION BOARD UPDATE  

Our Mission Board is excited about the opportunities we have coming up in the coming years. If you love outreach and cross cultural missions and want to be involved in mobilizing people for short term and long term missions through our church, please let us know of your interest.  We have some clipboards out in the lobby with a form for you to fill out or you can contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BUILDING PROJECT UPDATE

With the HVAC systems being completed the interior is being covered with drywall. Painting will start soon!

Please keep praying for the workers safety. Please keep praying for God to provide for the project financially. We are in our second year of fundraising for the building and if you would like to contribute to the Christian Education and Community building project we’d love to have your help!  Please go to https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/&source=gmail&ust=1627065646434000&usg=AFQjCNGBIS3HRGSMaCK1PgUcAFpBQg9Qew">https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/ for information on how to give (you can give anonymously if you like). 

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Thanks for reading!

May we be a people on mission for Jesus this week!

Pastor Jeron

We exist to lead people to a life changing and ever growing relationship with Jesus Christ

Thursday, 08 July 2021 10:24

Meeting at Christians

It seems generally among most churches that attendance numbers have been lower than pre-Covid numbers. There are a lot of obvious reasons for this (some Christians are still concerned about group settings being dangerous, some are making up for all the travel they missed last year, some have gotten into new habits or gotten out of the habit of going to church meetings, some are watching online, etc.).  I of course like to see lots of people attend our worship services!  We all like it when a lot of people are singing wholeheartedly to Jesus.  Personally, I always preach more effectively and more passionately to a full house (likely for the same reasons that athletes perform better when the building or stadium is full); it’s hard to preach when there are few people and their energy levels are low.

But of course church attendance is not the end goal or measure of success - Jesus isn't dancing for joy just because a lot of people gather on a Sunday morning. Having lots of people attending a meeting isn’t what we exist for as a church! Jesus’ greatest goal for us is that we would love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. Churches, biblically-based churches, exist to see people turn to the Lord in faith and then live for him in all areas of life - we exist to make disciples (students, followers, apprentices) of Jesus who live like Jesus would at school or work or in the home.  So again, the goal of Christianity is not to get everyone into a meeting! The goal is to see Christians love God and love others – when we are living in love (praying for people, helping people, saying good things to people, etc.) we are fulfilling God’s law, we are in right-relationship with him and others. This is worship! More than words of a song!  Our life becomes an act of worship! Our life is a song or a prayer of worship unto God!

But what of the worship service? I think that Christians are confused about its importance.  "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching" (Hebrews 10:23-25).  Meetings of the church sometimes don't fit the consumerism of our society or the demands of modern work life and it can be difficult to attend. But Christians were never meant to be alone in their faith so finding ways to meet and live life together are essential to our faith. Jesus has made us his people and God means for us to be together in our discipleship to him. We can't of course be together all the time with dozens of other people (Let alone hundreds of other people) but we are exhorted and commanded to make a regular meeting with real followers of Jesus a part of our life. Now, this doesn't have to be a massive gathering of all the Christians at "big church," but if we are to obey God's good command it will mean being together regularly with a known group of fellow disciples who are seeking Jesus.  Are you keeping God’s command to stay connected and not give up meeting with other believers?

Look again at the purpose of meeting found in Hebrews 10:23-25 because God has good purposes. He tells us that in a world that isn't focused on God, in a hard, even evil world full of false gods, we need one another to hold onto the hope we have (and others need us).  We need a church family to encourage us in our faith (and others need us).  We need supportive people around us to keep us on the right path (and they need us). We need a culture that helps us do what is good in God's sight (and they need us). We need one another to live the faith in love!  Church meetings, church attendance, are in one way simply a baseline, entry-level commitment to walking with the Lord. They aren’t the be-all and end-all of our faith. Nor are they always “mountaintop experiences” but they do get us into a rhythm of life with a certain group of people. They remind us weekly of the gospel. They remind us weekly that God is at the center.  They ground us to reality and they call us to our mission as ambassadors for Jesus. What they should lead to of course are real relationships where people are caring for one another and helping each other follow the Lord. Christian, if you aren’t in the practice of being together with your local church family, at least on a weekly basis, may I encourage you to get back in the committed habit of meeting with your church family? God intends it for your good, for the good of others, and for his glory.

Here’s some of what’s happening in the weeks ahead at Living Water… 


SUNDAY WORSHIP

We’re meeting at 9:00 or 10:45 for worship.

I’m excited about preaching through Daniel 9 the next two Sundays. 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

Hey parents, wanted to let you know that Sunday morning children’s ministry is back in session this Sunday through August 8. 

NURSERY

Nursery Director Melissa Haddican wants to let the church know that we will soon be in need of some more nursery employees and volunteers. If you are interested in serving the infants and toddlers for a worship service on Sunday mornings please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MISSION BOARD  Our Mission Board is excited about the opportunities we have coming up in the coming years. If you love outreach and cross cultural missions and want to be involved in mobilizing people for short term and long term missions through our church, please let us know of your interest.  We have some clipboards out in the lobby with a form for you to fill out or you can contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PARKING LOT UPDATE

Ok, so the paving company psyched us out the last few weeks – they decided to delay paving because of threats of rain. I’m learning that this Bringing Life Project truly is a work in progress and things are going to get done on God’s timing not mine!  The contractors are working hard today, so Lord willing, by this Sunday you should be walking on asphalt if you park in our east and south lot. 

BUILDING PROJECT UPDATE

As you may have heard, we had a big snag in our building construction progress the last few months as the company that was in charge of installing our heating and cooling system didn’t have the employees to fulfill their contractual obligations. But the last three weeks we’ve had another crew come in and they’ve made great progress and soon things will be rolling again with the other contractors.  We’ll have a better understanding of the estimated completion of the building in the coming weeks. We’re still doing great financially on the project. Please keep praying for the workers safety. We are in our second year of fundraising for the building and if you would like to contribute to the Christian Education and Community building project we’d love to have your help!  Please go to https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/&source=gmail&ust=1625847532126000&usg=AFQjCNFKb-rKJH1117GuWUZozQxMO6BGMA">https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/ for information on how to give (you can give anonymously if you like). 

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  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP MISSION WEEK JULY 10-15  Due to ongoing restrictions in New Mexico, the youth group isn’t making the annual trip to Gallup, but instead will be serving the community locally.  Please contact Cliff and Cari Kincannon for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • JOIN REIGN THIS SUMMER  The Youth Group meets Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Reign building across the street from Sears Hardware Store. Reign is for anyone finishing 5th grade this month through high school. We will begin a new series in June and we will be studying the whole bible in one year!  The series is called “Gospel Foundations; A Year Through the Storyline of Scripture.”  We will have many activities to participate in this summer so please join us!!

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JULY 19-23

Things are coming together for Camp Week!  Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to host our camp counselors. We’re praying for 40 more kids to be able to come to Day Camp at Living Water, July 19-23. REGISTER HERE: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://eaglelakecamps.com/camp/livingwater/&source=gmail&ust=1625847532126000&usg=AFQjCNFGgHQ3fghRE6HqhH6WimV_QlAsUA">https://eaglelakecamps.com/camp/livingwater/ If you know parents or grandparents who might be interested please let them know that there is financial help available. Please watch this short video to learn more about the Refer a Friend Program: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://youtu.be/3KZUwdRjiLc&source=gmail&ust=1625847532126000&usg=AFQjCNHi58JQUA96Oi8h40VB4x2SCt4NTw">https://youtu.be/3KZUwdRjiLc

POPCORN AND A MOVIE, SATURDAY JULY 31

More information to come!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AUGUST 9-13, Times are 9:00 A.M. Till Noon

We’re looking forward to a wonderful time for your kids at this end of the summer VBS!

Parents if you have specific questions please contact our VBS director Brenna Rivale at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT AUGUST 5 & 6

We’ve hosted the Global Leadership Summit for several years now. Most of those registering have been from the local businesses or city and county employees. It’s been nice to serve our local community by hosting this uplifting and encouraging leadership conference at Living Water. $99 Price Ends 7/13/21 then goes up to $129 a person.  Click on the following link and when prompted insert this code 21SVTEAM  https://www.google.com/url?q=https://register.globalleadership.org/%23/reg/trans/one?invtID%3DEV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028%26orgCustomerID%3D704772%26priorityCD%3D21SVTEAM&source=gmail&ust=1625847532126000&usg=AFQjCNHrQtKgCfZwDpLj6GTRfEl_QQThaw">https://register.globalleadership.org/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=21SVTEAM 


Thanks for Reading!
Jeron

Thursday, 17 June 2021 16:21

The Church - Under Construction

The people of Jesus are described in the Bible with a variety of metaphors:  We are a Body (see for instance, Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12), a Community (1 Corinthians 12:13; 2nd Corinthians 3:17, 13:13; our common participation in the Holy Spirit has brought us together in communion with one another), A Family (1 Timothy 3:15; we are described as brothers and sisters).  The church of Jesus is also described using agricultural images (John 10:1-8, 15:1-11; we are God’s sheep, we are branches of the vine).  Interestingly the church can also be thought of in architectural terms (1 Corinthians 3:16-7; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Peter 2:4-5).  In 1 Corinthians 3:9 the Apostle Paul mixes metaphors: “For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.”  Typically in the New Testament the word “church” means a local assembly of followers of Jesus who meet together on a regular basis. Sometimes the word “church” takes on a bigger scope, like in Matthew 16:18 when Jesus said: “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The church is found in a local group of people who meet in Jesus’ name and the church is universal, all the people of Jesus, in all places, at all times. The understanding of the word depends on the context. Pondering this group of metaphors describing the church tells me that you and I are part of something bigger than ourselves. We often define our Christianity in individualistic ways, whereas the biblical authors were much more prone to talk about us in corporate, group terms.  We believers are connected, built on, united, growing, related, producing in and through Jesus Christ. We were never meant to be saved and then be isolated from the church.  We were never meant to be alone as we walk in faith.  If we are constantly experiencing Christianity as a solo act we are doing it wrong.  You and I were saved though by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ to be incorporated into a Body, to be united in Community, to love and serve one another as a Family, to produce Fruit together and to be a Temple where the world can find God. 

This week there has been a flurry of construction activity, both inside and outside of the new Christian Education and Community Building.  Construction is happening and we are moving closer to the product of a new building.  I’m excited to see all the ways that we will be able to use the tool of the new building for ministry and mission.  I imagine hundreds and thousands of kids in the coming decades learning about Jesus. I imagine all the fellowship and all the one another ministry that is going to take place year after year as the church assembles formally and informally in the name of the Lord.  I see in my mind’s eye the multitude of classes and seminars and laughter and tears as people are transformed and built up in Christ.  May the building construction be blessed by God to be used for soul construction! 

In keeping with the construction metaphor, let us remember today that Christ is building his church and let’s find ways to participate in the mission.  He is building people like you and I into an indestructible, eternal, glorious assembly which the passing worldly trio of sin, death and hell can’t touch.  As we participate in this local body and we understand that we have our place in the communion of the saints, may we also contribute to the growth of the church. Jesus has sent us to be his representatives, to be his witnesses and ambassadors, to share the gospel and invite people to be united with Jesus and enter his Kingdom.  Jesus is making for himself a people of his very own through the gospel.  He is building his church through people being born again.  We are called to go to work in his name, calling people to be made new in Jesus Christ.

In keeping with the construction metaphor, let us remember today that we are a piece of work!  We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works (Ephesians 2:10).  God is still shaping us and transforming us into the people he wants us to be, and praise God, He who started a work in you will carry it on to completion!  (Philippians 1:6). We can participate in our transformation as well as the building up of others. Keep putting yourself in a position to be transformed – which means put yourself into the body, the community, the family of Jesus and allowing the Lord’s people shape and mold you.  Put yourself into a position for people to love you and help you grow and get rid of your rough edges.  Keep putting yourself under the instruments of the master, putting yourself on the anvil day by day of spending time in the presence of God, putting yourself in the position of being pierced by his Word, inviting the Spirit to search you and show you if there are any sins that need to be confessed and renounced. God has a vision for us building one another up in love, and he calls us all “grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16). 

Here’s some of what’s happening at Living Water in the weeks ahead…

SUNDAY WORSHIP

We’re meeting at 9:00 or 10:45 for worship.

We’re going to step away from the Daniel sermon series this Sunday as Pastor Greg preaches a special message.

The Swamp Cooler wasn’t working last Sunday. It will be on this Sunday!  Those of use in the office this week have tested it out and it works great!

We’re going to shoot to pass the offering plates starting on June 27, so for tithes and offerings please continue to use the boxes on the lobby walls. 

COMMUNITY GROUP LEADERS BBQ June 23

From Pastor Bo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  We haven't gotten together in a bit so I think it is time to feast and fellowship together as leaders. After we eat I want to let you know about some things we've got in the works in terms of Community Groups and discipleship as we move toward the fall. The Pastors and staff have been viewing the opening of the new building as an opportunity to look at things afresh and make necessary changes in our ministries that we have been wanting to change. Community Groups won't necessarily change, but I want to show you that we now have a plan and approach to discipleship to know exactly where CGs fit in the overall ministry of the church. Will and Alison Hickman have volunteered to open up their home; thanks Hickman's! We will plan on the regular burgers and brats. I will reach out as we get closer to ask people to bring food to the BBQ and give you the Hickman's address. See you Wednesday, June 23 at 6 pm at Will and Alison Hickman's house!

POPCORN & A MOVIE June 25

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  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP IMPACT WEEKEND JUNE 18-19  The youth group is having a special speaker visit Alamosa the weekend of June 18-19. Meetings are Friday night 7pm-9:30pm and then Saturday 9:30am-3:00pm, lunch included! Please contact Cliff and Cari Kincannon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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  • JOIN REIGN THIS SUMMER  The Youth Group meets Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Reign building across the street from Sears Hardware Store. Reign is for anyone finishing 5th grade this month through high school. We will begin a new series in June and we will be studying the whole bible in one year!  The series is called “Gospel Foundations; A Year Through the Storyline of Scripture.”  We will have many activities to participate in this summer so please join us!!
  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP MISSION WEEK JULY 10-15  Due to ongoing restrictions in New Mexico, the youth group isn’t making the annual trip to Gallup, but instead will be serving the community locally.  Please contact Cliff and Cari Kincannon for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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REFER a FRIEND to EAGLE LAKE CAMP

Kids and parents we need your help in getting kids to camp! Please watch this video highlighting the Refer a Friend Program for Eagle Lake: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://youtu.be/3KZUwdRjiLc&source=gmail&ust=1624036675282000&usg=AFQjCNGtslwS_XoeQVE4Sgwl9gjhJGwQNg">https://youtu.be/3KZUwdRjiLc  Pastor Bo has invitations to camp for your kids to give out to their friends! Please contact him (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or find him on Sunday to pick up some invitations.

HOST HOMES NEEDED FOR EAGLE LAKE COUNSELORS

There are about 20 Counselors coming to Alamosa to serve the kids at Eagle Lake Camp.  If you want to participate in making this Camp Outreach a success but haven’t known how to get involved, hosting counselors would be a great ministry!  Pastor Bo can answer any questions you have about hosting requirements and how you can use your gift of hospitality. Here’s a link to sign up to be a host family: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://eaglelakecamps.com/hostfamily/?fbclid%3DIwAR3gMeAo6yLx0hVo430IKGtJKrsYIKxDWBYX5FDyOy-fIMgPaMnZlzUIlK0&source=gmail&ust=1624036675282000&usg=AFQjCNEC0yDnUTt4RbPzE3h-nTMnkQcwcg">https://eaglelakecamps.com/hostfamily/?fbclid=IwAR3gMeAo6yLx0hVo430IKGtJKrsYIKxDWBYX5FDyOy-fIMgPaMnZlzUIlK0

SUMMER ACTIVITY GROUPS

Do you have a summer activity or hobby that you love?  Or are you starting a Bible study this summer or a topical study?  How about sharing it with others?  The Community Group Team wants to invite you to start a group for summer.  Why not Garden with others?  4 Wheeling?  Dirt Biking?  Fishing?  Art and Crafts?  Climbing?  Camping?  RV Trips?  Picnics?  Trips with other families and kids?  Let’s live in community!  If you want to lead a group or an event, please send your contact information and group activity to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 589-6351 

MEN’S THURSDAY MORNING PRAYER BREAKFAST WILL RESUME IN AUGUST

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AUGUST 9-13
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We have decided to change the dates for VBS this year to August 9-13. Our VBS Director, Brenna Rivale, explains the reasons for the change in this note: Our date changes are due to the Guatemala trip being that same week, as well as Worlds for Quizzing is the week before. I am wanting to make it accessible to everyone, as well as most of my help/volunteers are going to be in Guatemala and I am wanting them to have the opportunity to serve for VBS. This year's VBS theme is “Destination Dig; Unearthing the Truth About Jesus.” Here’s an overview: Kids will unearth more than dirt as they dig up exciting evidence that proves biblical events were not just stories. As junior archaeologists, kids will explore real-life archaeological finds that have helped to uncover the truth about Jesus! Along the way, they’ll discover the truth of Jeremiah 29:13, that God reveals Himself to us when we seek and search for Him with all our hearts. 

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMMIT August 5-6

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We’ve hosted the Global Leadership Summit for several years now. Most of those registering have been from the local businesses or city and county employees. It’s been nice to serve our local community by hosting this uplifting and encouraging leadership conference at Living Water. If you want to participate the cost is $99 until July 13th. Click on the following link and when prompted insert this code 21SVTEAM  https://www.google.com/url?q=https://register.globalleadership.org/%23/reg/trans/one?invtID%3DEV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028%26orgCustomerID%3D704772%26priorityCD%3D21SVTEAM&source=gmail&ust=1624036675282000&usg=AFQjCNH5jJb67LwLm7ilqC56UN5mcBsydg">https://register.globalleadership.org/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=21SVTEAM 

BRINGING LIFE PROJECT INFO

If you want information on the Bringing Life Project or want to know how to give financially (including anonymously) please click on this link: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/&source=gmail&ust=1624036675282000&usg=AFQjCNHpg8TludZRWC34KGyJwTu_yiQ2YA">https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/ or contact Pastor Greg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-1430. Thank you!


Thanks for serving the Lord!
Jeron

Thursday, 03 June 2021 09:01

Thinking of Heaven

Saw the rainbow in the picture below "over" my house yesterday. I wish I was a photographer and could have brought out the intensity of the colors - nevertheless it was glorious (made me think of heaven and what it must be like around God's throne - Revelation 4:3).  The beauty of the bow in the sky was given by God as a sign of his covenant with all humanity -  "God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth" (Genesis 9:12-16).  The rainbow should be a reminder of God's goodness and severity.  God did judge the evil of people when he destroyed life in the flood - his character is such that he will always be repulsed by sin and his divine wrath is the expression of his holy displeasure against human rebellion and unrighteousness.  But his goodness, his generosity towards humanity, it is amazing - when he sees the rainbow he remembers the covenant never to flood the world again - instead of giving humanity what it deserves, he chooses mercy.  We should be incredibly thankful that God is longsuffering and patient with sinners.  His mercy towards humans is incredible! As Christians, as we ponder the mercy of God in the Noahic Covenant, let us also remember the greater Noah - Christ has saved us from the waters of death - and the New Covenant through Jesus, "When God's wrath was propitiated by his own Son on the cross, so that all who are in Christ might find grace instead of wrath" (R. Kent Hughes, see Romans 3:25; 1 John 2:2).  God is good and merciful, his common grace towards all is astounding, but let us not forget that there will be a day of judgment and only those who have turned in faith for salvation to the greater Noah (who is also the judge - see John 5:22) will stand: "In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead" (Acts 17:30-31).

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THIS SUNDAY

Our sermon text for Sunday, June 6 is Daniel chapter five – we will be talking about God’s goodness and wrath and what living in right-relationship with Him means. 

Children’s Ministry is back for the rest of June during the 10:45 service.

Spaghetti Lunch Fundraiser following second service, then Waves Kids vs. Pastors Quiz Off. There will also be a Bake sale, Dessert and Silent Auction in the Fellowship Hall. All proceeds go to get the quiz kids to their World meet in Washington State.     

FAMILY FIELD DAY, JUNE 19th

The Family Team is planning a picnic in the park with a BBQ. There will be all kinds of games, 3-legged race, ultimate frisbee, potato sack race, volleyball, tug of war, balloon walk etc.

COMMUNITY GROUP LEADERS BBQ June 23

From Pastor Bo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  We haven't gotten together in a bit so I think it is time to feast and fellowship together as leaders. After we eat I want to let you know about some things we've got in the works in terms of Community Groups and discipleship as we move toward the fall. The Pastors and staff have been viewing the opening of the new building as an opportunity to look at things afresh and make necessary changes in our ministries that we have been wanting to change. Community Groups won't necessarily change, but I want to show you that we now have a plan and approach to discipleship to know exactly where CGs fit in the overall ministry of the church. Will and Alison Hickman have volunteered to open up their home; thanks Hickman's! We will plan on the regular burgers and brats. I will reach out as we get closer to ask people to bring food to the BBQ and give you the Hickman's address. See you Wednesday, June 23 at 6 pm at Will and Alison Hickman's house!

  • JOIN REIGN THIS SUMMER  The Youth Group meets Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Reign building across the street from Sears Hardware Store. Reign is for anyone finishing 5th grade this month through high school. We will begin a new series in June and we will be studying the whole bible in one year!  The series is called “Gospel Foundations; A Year Through the Storyline of Scripture.”  We will have many activities to participate in this summer so please join us!!
  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP RALLY FOR CHRIST JUNE 18-19  The youth group is having a special speaker visit Alamosa the weekend of June 18-19 and there will be some special activities for teenagers here at the church that weekend. Please contact Cliff and Cari Kincannon for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. More information to come!
  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP MISSION WEEK JULY 10-15  Due to ongoing restrictions in New Mexico, the youth group isn’t making the annual trip to Gallup, but instead will be serving the community locally.  Please contact Cliff and Cari Kincannon for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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REFER a FRIEND to EAGLE LAKE CAMP

Kids and parents we need your help in getting kids to camp! Please watch this video highlighting the Refer a Friend Program for Eagle Lake: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://youtu.be/3KZUwdRjiLc&source=gmail&ust=1622818853870000&usg=AFQjCNHWLI_PF5zrQkwWDLQMEquQXCyLwg">https://youtu.be/3KZUwdRjiLc

Pastor Bo has invitations to camp for your kids to give out to their friends! Please contact him (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or find him on Sunday to pick up some invitations.

SUMMER ACTIVITY GROUPS

Do you have a summer activity or hobby that you love?  Or are you starting a Bible study this summer or a topical study?  How about sharing it with others?  The Community Group Team wants to invite you to start a group for summer.  Why not Garden with others?  4 Wheeling?  Dirt Biking?  Fishing?  Art and Crafts?  Climbing?  Camping?  RV Trips?  Picnics?  Trips with other families and kids?  Let’s live in community!  If you want to lead a group or an event, please send your contact information and group activity to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 589-6351 

  • Pastor Jeron is doing a “Long and exhausting day hikes to isolated mountain lakes” group on Mondays this summer (weather and injuries permitting). If you want to get on the list for updates on what hike is coming up, please email Jeron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MEN’S THURSDAY MORNING PRAYER BREAKFAST WILL RESUME IN AUGUST

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AUGUST 9-13

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We have decided to change the dates for VBS this year to August 9-13. Our VBS Director, Brenna Rivale, explains the reasons for the change in this note: Our date changes are due to the Guatemala trip being that same week, as well as Worlds for Quizzing is the week before. I am wanting to make it accessible to everyone, as well as most of my help/volunteers are going to be in Guatemala and I am wanting them to have the opportunity to serve for VBS. This year's VBS theme is “Destination Dig; Unearthing the Truth About Jesus.” Here’s an overview: Kids will unearth more than dirt as they dig up exciting evidence that proves biblical events were not just stories. As junior archaeologists, kids will explore real-life archaeological finds that have helped to uncover the truth about Jesus! Along the way, they’ll discover the truth of Jeremiah 29:13, that God reveals Himself to us when we seek and search for Him with all our hearts. 

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMMIT August 5-6

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We’ve hosted the Global Leadership Summit for several years now. Most of those registering have been from the local businesses or city and county employees. It’s been nice to serve our local community by hosting this uplifting and encouraging leadership conference at Living Water. If you want to participate the cost is $99 until July 13th. Click on the following link and when prompted insert this code 21SVTEAM  https://www.google.com/url?q=https://register.globalleadership.org/%23/reg/trans/one?invtID%3DEV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028%26orgCustomerID%3D704772%26priorityCD%3D21SVTEAM&source=gmail&ust=1622818853870000&usg=AFQjCNGKCPFA_4g9cf-oAyzVPHzN_B6XFw">https://register.globalleadership.org/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=21SVTEAM 


Thanks for serving the Lord!
Jeron

Thursday, 27 May 2021 14:43

Dear Church

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

This is the time of year of change and transition – and we are so excited! School is ending, graduations are taking place, Saturday weddings are on the horizon, houses are selling, new jobs being accepted, moving trucks are filling up, gardens are growing, lawnmowers are firing up, camping gear is being unpacked, bug spray and allergy pill sales will soon be booming. It’s a time of new beginnings and new adventures!  As we charge into summer after 16 months of restrictions and we head for the hills (or just step out into the world again), it seems wise to pause for a moment and remember what we are living for. Living in a consumer society means that we are constantly urged to live for self, to seek pleasure, to make memories, to have incredible experiences, to get what the world has to offer. Businesses and corporations who are starved for customers are naturally going all out this summer to market how they can help you find the good life and make it “the best summer ever.” Travel, vacations, consumption, entertainment and making memories aren’t bad. But what place do they take in your life? Are they the focus, the center, the goal, the reason, the purpose of your life? Are you living to be at the lake? Are you living for fishing or travel? For gardens or softball?  For camping or hiking? Is it all about you or are you living for God? 

As Christians we claim to worship God – for that to be a true statement, the Lord must somehow be present in our summer plans, somehow be part of our normal daily lives.  So, do I set up a life of activity and events and then try to add God on top, sprinkle some God on top? Do I fill up my schedule and planner with the things that the world says are priorities and then seek to add Jesus to the margins?  Many Christians practically live like this and they become aware at some point that God has no place in their life, because the things of the world have effectively taken the place of God in their life.

Somehow, if we are going to be true to the Lord and be worshipers, we must start with God as the foundation of our lives and build on him. How about we start with God at the center and then add activities and adventures around him?  What does this look like?  I’m not sure what it means for you, specifically, but our relationship with God should be the non-negotiable core of our lives. Which means that prioritizing him and staying close to him should enter all of our planning. Maybe if your life is really focused on work this summer you ask the question, “How can I take my work and turn it into something that glorifies God?  Can I incorporate God into my day in some way?”  For instance if we are taking a two week trip this summer, maybe we make ask the question, “How will we as a family attend worship services or make worship happen while on the road?  If I’m going to be gone every Sunday for six weeks in a row, and not have fellowship, how will I make sure that I’m spending time with God every day, or what church can I attend when I’m in other states?  Maybe if you are heavy into biking or camping, you ask the question, “How can I use my biking for the Lord? How can I incorporate others into my hobby? Can this be a camping ministry that glorifies God?” 

What do you think?  Any thoughts that come to your mind about how to keep close to Jesus and living life to the full? 

What I’m convinced of is that walking with the Lord and staying close to him is never in vain.


THIS SUNDAY

Our sermon text for Sunday, May 31 is Daniel chapter four. 

Deric and Rebecca Sneller and kids will be visiting us and taking some time in the services to share about their gospel work with military personal in Japan. 

We will NOT be having children's ministry this Sunday. There will be activity sheets and coloring utensils out in the foyer for your kids if needed.

SUMMER ACTIVITY GROUPS

Do you have a summer activity or hobby that you love?  Or are you starting a Bible study this summer or a topical study?  How about sharing it with others?  The Community Group Team wants to invite you to start a group for summer.  Why not Garden with others?  4 Wheeling?  Dirt Biking?  Fishing?  Art and Crafts?  Climbing?  Camping?  RV Trips?  Picnics?  Trips with other families and kids?  Let’s live in community!  If you want to lead a group or an event, please send your contact information and group activity to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 589-6351 

  • Pastor Jeron is doing a “Long and exhausting day hikes to isolated mountain lakes” group on Mondays this summer (weather and injuries permitting). If you want to get on the list for updates on what hike is coming up, please email Jeron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

REFER a FRIEND to EAGLE LAKE CAMP

Kids and parents we need your help in getting kids to camp! Please watch this video highlighting the Refer a Friend Program for Eagle Lake: https://youtu.be/3KZUwdRjiLc

Pastor Bo has invitations to camp for your kids to give out to their friends! Please contact him (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or find him on Sunday to pick up some invitations.

POPCORN and A MOVIE MAY 28;

The Quizzing kids are having a bake sale at the same time to help them go to the World Quiz Meet in Washington State!

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PASTOR – KID QUIZ OFF / Fundraiser Meal for quizzing kids  June 6

On Sunday June 6, join the church for a meal in the fellowship hall at noon and stay and watch the pastors take on the quizzers as they get ready to go to the world meet in Washington state. 

FAMILY FIELD DAY, JUNE 19th

The Family Team is planning a picnic in the park with a BBQ. There will be all kinds of games, 3-legged race, ultimate frisbee, potato sack race, volleyball, tug of war, balloon walk etc.

COMMUNITY GROUP LEADERS BBQ June 23

From Pastor Bo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  We haven't gotten together in a bit so I think it is time to feast and fellowship together as leaders. After we eat I want to let you know about some things we've got in the works in terms of Community Groups and discipleship as we move toward the fall. The Pastors and staff have been viewing the opening of the new building as an opportunity to look at things afresh and make necessary changes in our ministries that we have been wanting to change. Community Groups won't necessarily change, but I want to show you that we now have a plan and approach to discipleship to know exactly where CGs fit in the overall ministry of the church. Will and Alison Hickman have volunteered to open up their home; thanks Hickman's! We will plan on the regular burgers and brats. I will reach out as we get closer to ask people to bring food to the BBQ and give you the Hickman's address. See you Wednesday, June 23 at 6 pm at Will and Alison Hickman's house!

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  • JOIN REIGN THIS SUMMER  The Youth Group meets Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Reign building across the street from Sears Hardware Store. Reign is for anyone finishing 5th grade this month through high school. We will begin a new series in June and we will be studying the whole bible in one year!  The series is called “Gospel Foundations; A Year Through the Storyline of Scripture.”  We will have many activities to participate in this summer so please join us!!
  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP RALLY FOR CHRIST JUNE 18-19  The youth group is having a special speaker visit Alamosa the weekend of June 18-19 and there will be some special activities for teenagers here at the church that weekend. Please contact Cliff and Cari Kincannon for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. More information to come!
  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP MISSION WEEK JULY 10-15  Due to ongoing restrictions in New Mexico, the youth group isn’t making the annual trip to Gallup, but instead will be serving the community locally.  Please contact Cliff and Cari Kincannon for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MEN’S THURSDAY MORNING PRAYER BREAKFAST WILL RESUME IN AUGUST

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AUGUST 9-13
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We have decided to change the dates for VBS this year to August 9-13. Our VBS Director, Brenna Rivale, explains the reasons for the change in this note: Our date changes are due to the Guatemala trip being that same week, as well as Worlds for Quizzing is the week before. I am wanting to make it accessible to everyone, as well as most of my help/volunteers are going to be in Guatemala and I am wanting them to have the opportunity to serve for VBS. This year's VBS theme is “Destination Dig; Unearthing the Truth About Jesus.” Here’s an overview: Kids will unearth more than dirt as they dig up exciting evidence that proves biblical events were not just stories. As junior archaeologists, kids will explore real-life archaeological finds that have helped to uncover the truth about Jesus! Along the way, they’ll discover the truth of Jeremiah 29:13, that God reveals Himself to us when we seek and search for Him with all our hearts. 

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMMIT August 5-6

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We’ve hosted the Global Leadership Summit for several years now. Most of those registering have been from the local businesses or city and county employees. It’s been nice to serve our local community by hosting this uplifting and encouraging leadership conference at Living Water. If you want to participate the cost is $99 until July 13th. Click on the following link and when prompted insert this code 21SVTEAM  https://register.globalleadership.org/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=21SVTEAM 


Thanks for serving the Lord!
Jeron

We’re studying the book of Daniel on Sunday mornings. Daniel came to Babylon as a captive, having been forcibly removed from his family and from Jerusalem as a teenager. Like many thousands of others who were exiled to Babylon, I imagine Daniel wept over what had happened. We see him standing strong in the accounts written in the book, a true person of faith, but how long did he grieve over all the people killed and enslaved by the Babylonians?  How long was he depressed over what had happened to his nation?

I think it is easy for us to look back over the last fifteen months and forget how hard it’s been and to overlook all the pain its caused. We’ve all suffered loss on one level or another. Job losses, family separations, forced transitions, businesses closed, trips canceled, celebrations denied, sports ended, funerals delayed, weddings rescheduled, strained relationships, broken relationships, sickness, death, stress and frustration. The list goes on and on. So much to mourn over!  So much to weep about!

In talking to various pastors recently, I’ve realized that there hasn’t been a church or a congregation that hasn’t been effected negatively. I don’t know of one church in the San Luis Valley that is better off today than it was in January or February of 2020. One pastoral friend in Denver saw 15 families leave the church he serves (which is about half the size of Living Water) because they didn’t agree with the leadership’s Covid response (which was to wear masks and limit attendance). Another pastor’s church is just now starting to meet in person (an elderly congregation) and he said that some of the connections that were once so strong have been weakened, strained or broken simply because of lack of meeting. Other churches have suffered lots of loss because of the presidential election and national politics, or political memes on social media caused people to feel threatened, or because they chose to keep meeting or not enforce masks. It seems that no matter which tact churches have taken over the last 15 months or what direction the various Leadership or Elder Boards chose, pain ensued. There has been a great shaking in our society and the churches are still being sifted and sorted.

If you’ve been feeling a heaviness, anger or a sense of loss, it’s probably because you have lost or have had something taken, and it hurts. It’s ok to feel sadness or frustration because what we’ve been through wasn’t good!  For instance, I’ve felt sorrow lately over people who are no longer part of our church. I’m big on harmony and unity and can’t stand it when differences divide, especially those that I thought could have been overcome. Our church hasn’t had it nearly as hard as a lot of churches or organizations (which I’m so grateful for!). But, it’s still hard. I worry about those who are alone. I worry about those who have gotten into the habit of not making Christian relationships a priority. I worry about those who departed or who have not returned to our Fellowship (Where will they go?  Who are they meeting with? How are they standing against temptation without accountability and support?).

But you know what? I notice the more I talk about hard things with others and especially the more I talk it over with the Lord, the better I feel and the clearer my perspective gets. When we keep things inside or we stew on things, we can start to see the world from a skewed or an overly negative perspective. Have you mourned your losses?  Have you taken the time to grieve?  Have you let the tears flow? Maybe you need to write it out in a journal or just go for a long walk and talk with the Lord. Maybe you would feel a lot better if you met with the pastor and expressed frustration or maybe it’s time to forgive someone who hurt you. Hopefully now is a time to heal for a lot of people and a time to renew our hope and purpose. 

The reality is that God is still on the throne, the Spirit is in our midst, and Jesus is still building his church! The truth is that we have a great faith family and ministry is still happening!  The reality is that lives are being changed and that we have a lot of people whom the Lord is calling us to love and serve in the years ahead. We can’t change the past and we can’t control people and their choices. But when I look at the 100 or so little kids who were with us at Easter and I look at all the families and all the generations who are worshiping the Lord, I see a great church rising up in the future, worshiping the Lord with all we are, loving one another deeply, and witnessing to Christ intentionally. In the midst of our mourning let’s not lose sight of God’s purposes and plans to use us and make us a healthy and impactful church in the days to come. 

To those who were weeping by the rivers of Babylon, who were mourning over what had happened and who likely had lost perspective, God’s “weeping prophet” gave a message of hope for the future and a call to start again:

“This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. . . .”This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile” (Jeremiah 29:4-7,10-14). 

Hopefully you are in a good place today. Hopefully you are engaged with other believers and being the church.  If not, as we move into summer, let’s seek healing and restoration. Remember, Jesus has called us to be his church!  Let’s seek to rekindle relationships and commitments that are so important. Let’s use this summer to get our lives back in order with the Lord and with our church family. Jesus has called us to go out, together, in his name! Let’s set the table for a great season of ministry, outreach, and worship in the Fall. 

Summer is almost here!  Lots of transitions ongoing!  MOPS had their last meeting yesterday for the summer (Thank you MOPS steering team for another good year of seeking to build moms and families in Christ!). Here’s some of what’s happening at Living Water in the near future…


WORSHIP SERVICE UPDATE

  • We’ll be handing out bulletins again. If you have a ministry announcement or an event that you want your church family to know about please send it to Janice by Wednesday afternoon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  We ask that you make the announcement concise and be sure give us the what, when and where of your activity! 
  • For the time being we’ll continue to receive offerings in the boxes in the foyer rather than pass the offering plate (you can also drop it off in the church mailbox on the street, or send it to 2910 Clark Street or use our text to give app). 
  • Also for the near future we’ll continue to ask you to receive communion at the tables rather than pass communion plates. We realize that sometimes it’s difficult for some to move to the tables and sometimes the double stacked cups stick together – if you need assistance ask one of the Deacons on duty. 
  • Worship service times continue at 9:00 and 10:45 A.M.  We are studying the possibility of having new worship service times in the Fall, in connection with the opening off the Christian Ed building and expanded adult classes. 

LATIN NIGHT This Friday, May 21

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NO CHILDREN’S MINISTRY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, SUNDAY, MAY 30

 

BRINGING LIFE PROJECT UPDATE

We’re seeing a lot of parking lot work lately, and the last few days preparations have begun to extend our playground. Super excited to get asphalt!  Church, we need to pray for the contractor that was hired to install our Heating and Ventilation systems – the company is really behind and doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to catch up – please pray for wisdom for our general contractor to know what tact to take.

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REFER a FRIEND to EAGLE LAKE CAMP

Kids and parents we need your help in getting kids to camp! Please watch this video highlighting the Refer a Friend Program for Eagle Lake: https://youtu.be/3KZUwdRjiLc

Pastor Bo has invitations to camp for your kids to give out to their friends! Please contact him (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or find him on Sunday to pick up some invitations.

POPCORN and A MOVIE MAY 28;

The Quizzing kids are having a bake sale at the same time to help them go to the World Quiz Meet in Washington State!

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FAMILY FIELD DAY, JUNE 19th

The Family Team is planning a picnic in the park with a BBQ. There will be all kinds of games, 3-legged race, ultimate frisbee, potato sack race, volleyball, tug of war, balloon walk etc.

REIGN YOUTH GROUP RALLY FOR CHRIST JUNE 18-19

The youth group is having a special speaker visit Alamosa the weekend of June 18-19 and there will be some special activities for teenagers here at the church that weekend. Please contact Cliff and Cari Kincannon for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. More information to come!

REIGN YOUTH GROUP MISSION WEEK JULY 10-15

Due to ongoing restrictions in New Mexico, the youth group isn’t making the annual trip to Gallup, but instead will be serving the community locally.  Please contact Cliff and Cari Kincannon for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CHANGE OF VBS DATES 
We have decided to change the dates for VBS this year to August 9-13. Our VBS Director, Brenna Rivale, explains the reasons for the change in this note: Our date changes are due to the Guatemala trip being that same week, as well as Worlds for Quizzing is the week before. I am wanting to make it accessible to everyone, as well as most of my help/volunteers are going to be in Guatemala and I am wanting them to have the opportunity to serve for VBS. This year's VBS theme is “Destination Dig; Unearthing the Truth About Jesus.” Here’s an overview: Kids will unearth more than dirt as they dig up exciting evidence that proves biblical events were not just stories. As junior archaeologists, kids will explore real-life archaeological finds that have helped to uncover the truth about Jesus! Along the way, they’ll discover the truth of Jeremiah 29:13, that God reveals Himself to us when we seek and search for Him with all our hearts. 

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMMIT August 5-6

gls2021

We’ve hosted the Global Leadership Summit for several years now. Most of those registering have been from the local businesses or city and county employees. It’s been nice to serve our local community by hosting this uplifting and encouraging leadership conference at Living Water. If you want to participate the cost is $99 until July 13th. Click on the following link and when prompted insert this code 21SVTEAM  https://register.globalleadership.org/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=21SVTEAM 


Thanks for serving the Lord!
Jeron

Thursday, 06 May 2021 12:24

Dear Living Water Friends and Family,

One of my favorite places to go fishing (when the snakes aren’t thick) is on the Rio Grande, east of La Jara and down into New Mexico. I really enjoy the solitude of the canyons and once in awhile I’ll actually catch a fish. When you are down near the river the canyon walls are 50, 100 or 200 feet high, so you don’t have a lot of perspective on where you are. When you walk the canyons far enough the river runs right up against the canyon walls and to move forward you either have to wade the river or climb out of the canyon, and once you get back on top you can see for long distances. Sometimes after walking and fishing for hours, I’ve climbed out of the canyon and realized that I’d misperceived my location – I hadn’t traveled nearly as far as I thought I did. 

Perspective is important when it comes to living our lives by faith. A faith perspective will see things differently than a circumstantial perspective. And if you are like me, you know that it’s easy to live by what we perceive is happening and not by faith. A great biblical example of both a circumstantial perspective and a faith perspective comes from Elisha’s time. During Elisha’s ministry as a prophet, the King of Syria was at war with the King of Israel. At some point the King of Syria realized that Elisha, the prophet of God, was helping the Israelites by notifying them of where the Syrian army was going to be. So he made up his mind that he was going to kill Elisha. So the King of Syria was told, “Behold, he is in Dothan. So he sent horses and chariots and a great army, and they came by night and surrounded the city.  When the servant of the man of God (Elisha’s servant) rose early in the morning and went out, behold an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas my master! What shall we do? He said, ‘Do not be afraid, for those who are with you are more than those who are with them.’ Then Elisha prayed and aid, ‘O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.’ So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2nd Kings 6:13-17). 

Elisha saw the same army of Syrians that his servant did, was in the same circumstance, but because he was living by faith he wasn’t consumed by fear. The vision of God’s angelic army was a mind blowing perspective for the servant of Elisha. He didn’t realize the extent that God was at work nor did he perceive God’s presence with them, until he was given the grace to see the chariots of fire. He didn’t have the right perspective.  He needed to live by faith in God’s word, as Elisha was.

You and I shouldn’t expect to see angels, such visions are rare and most Christians live full lives without realizing they were in the presence of angels. But we are called to live by faith. We are called to believe that God is at work in our midst. I read this morning in Colossians that “the word of truth, the gospel… throughout the whole world is bearing fruit and increasing” (Colossians 1:5-6). Do we believe that God is still working today?  Do we believe that God is in the “business” of saving people and that he is actively working around us (even in the San Luis Valley!)? We are called to serve and love people by faith, and are sent to proclaim the gospel by faith, even when we don’t see evidence or even when our circumstances aren’t encouraging. Living Water should boldly attempt to introduce people to Christ. Living Water should boldly start new ministries that bless those in need. Living Water should in faith reach out to the needy in this community in Jesus’ name, and by faith that God is still mighty to save, we should share the gospel. If we gauge or evaluate things empirically (through our senses) or through our feelings or emotional perceptions we will likely not be in accord with what Jesus is doing. We are called to step out in faith, believing what God has said more than we believe our eyes. Are you living by faith in God today?  How might you need to trust God more than you trust your current perspective? 

Maybe you aren’t trusting that he is for you and not against you? And therefore are not confessing his name in public?  Maybe you are thinking that he doesn’t care (based on your circumstances) rather than what he’s said about you in his Word? And therefore aren’t giving him the worship he deserves?  Maybe you believe that he can’t use you to be a vehicle of the gospel to your neighbors or co-workers? And therefore you aren’t looking for opportunities to help people discover Jesus? Maybe you’ve talked yourself into believing that your marriage doesn’t have a future because of circumstances or miscommunication? And therefore aren’t praying or depending on God anymore? 

What does the Bible say? What has God spoken? What has God promised? How might looking at things from the vantage point of the word of God change your behavior or your decisions?  Could it be that it’s time to climb out of the canyon and take on an Elisha perspective?  Elisha knew that he was in God’s care even before he saw the angelic army with his physical eyes, so he lived by faith and carried out his mission. Are you living as a Christian today, living by faith, living in dependance upon the Spirit of God or have you forgotten that God is with us?

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SUMMER SERMON SERIES

We start our summer sermon series on Sunday, May 9: The Book of Daniel; Standing Strong in the Winds of Change. The world continues to shake and shift. Nations and rulers are falling and rising.  Historic changes and new systems keep coming at us with lightning speed. Even in our rural area life is changing. How will we stand in the midst of such unsettled times?  Daniel lived from biblical principles as the institutions and structures of his day were being radically changed; he stood for the Lord no matter what came his way.  As we study Daniel’s life and times, may we become those who understand our times and make our stand for Christ. 

WORSHIP SERVICE UPDATE

  • We’ll be handing out bulletins again. If you have a ministry announcement or an event that you want your church family to know about please send it to Janice by Wednesday afternoon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  We ask that you make the announcement concise and be sure give us the what, when and where of your activity! 
  • For the time being we’ll continue to receive offerings in the boxes in the foyer rather than pass the offering plate (you can also drop it off in the church mailbox on the street, or send it to 2910 Clark Street or use our text to give app). 
  • Also for the near future we’ll continue to ask you to receive communion at the tables rather than pass communion plates. We realize that sometimes its difficult for some to move to the tables and sometimes the double stacked cups stick together – if you need assistance ask one of the Deacons on duty. 
  • Worship service times continue at 9:00 and 10:45 A.M.  We are studying the possibility of having new worship service times in the Fall, in connection with the opening off the Christian Ed building and expanded adult classes. 

LATIN NIGHT May 21

Living Water’s Mission Board and Family Team are planning a fun night of fellowship, dinner and some dancing lessons on Friday, May 21. Proceeds will go towards Guatemala Mission Team projects. More information to come! 

LOOKING FOR LADIES BIBLE STUDY LEADER

We've got a few ladies who are looking to join a midweek morning Bible study.  Do you have plans to lead a Bible study or maybe you have been looking to start a new group? Maybe you've wanted to start a new group but have been waiting for an opportunity or a sense of need?  This might be it!  Please contact Pastor Jeron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 589-6351

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY BUILDING UPDATE

The last few weeks one of the contractors has fallen seriously behind in the installation of heating and ventilation systems, which has caused a bottleneck for other contractors, who can’t do their part of the project until the work is finished. Our General Contractor is working through this issue. Please be in prayer that it would be resolved quickly!  While we are still under budget, because of this issue, the project is now scheduled for completion at a later date.  A praise: After a long search, recently a contractor was found to construct the stairways. If you want more information on the Bringing Life Project or want to know how to give financially (including anonymously) please click on this link: https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/ or contact Pastor Greg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-1430. Thank you!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL June 28-July 2

The VBS theme this year is “Destination Dig; Unearthing the Truth about Jesus.” Brenna Rivale is this year’s VBS director. If you want to contribute in some way to this outreach or serve with the VBS team this year please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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REIGN YOUTH GROUP MISSIONS WEEK July 11-16

While the Gallup reservation is still not open for the youth to serve, they will be working locally to bless our community. 

EAGLE LAKE DAY CAMP July 19-23

Please go to https://eaglelakecamps.com/camp/livingwater/ to register your children. 

Please contact Pastor Bo for more information. 

Dates: July 19–23, 2021 Ages: 6-12  Length: Mon–Fri, 9 am- 4 pm  Cost: $200

Activities: Arts & Crafts, Block Racers, Gagaball, Group Games, Inflatables, Laser Tag, Speakers & Worship, Tie Dye, and Many More!

MISSION BOARD UPDATE

Living Water’s Mission Board consists of Nichole Defee, Jeron Parkins, Alex Toth, Joy Massey and our chairperson is Eric Palmer. This Summer we are expecting to have Deric and Rebecca Sneller and family (Missionaries to Japan) visit us in late May and Jeremy and Beth Schmidt and family (Missionaries in North Africa) join us in August. Please watch for opportunities to interact with your missionaries. Recently we were happy to donate $1,000 toward the Baskets of Hope Easter Project initiative sponsored by our missionaries Wendell and Heather Garrison serving with SOAR International.  Eric Palmer and the Guatemala team have their plane tickets and would appreciate your prayers to accomplish all their ministry plans and for safe travels and that God would use them for his glory. The FOCUS Nicaragua Team was able to meet on Saturday morning, April 17 with Jimmy Smith (Converge Mobilization Specialist), who helped us prepare for implementation of our plan to start sending groups to Nicaragua. If you would like information on our missionaries there are Mission Books in the lobby. 

Joy Massey is our prayer coordinator and she said the next Nicaragua Prayer Meeting is Friday, May 7th at 6:30pm. 

Join in person at the church or Zoom Meeting:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78447538281?pwd=VE1wQkhOeFVWYzdDazFZWnpyZ0x6dz09

Meeting ID: 784 4753 8281

Passcode: g6Wq72

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMMIT August 5-6

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We’ve hosted the Global Leadership Summit for several years now. Most of those registering have been from the local businesses or city and county employees. It’s been nice to serve our local community by hosting this uplifting and encouraging leadership conference at Living Water. If you want to participate the cost is $99 until July 13th. Click on the following link and when prompted insert this code 21SVTEAM  https://register.globalleadership.org/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=21SVTEAM 


Thanks for Reading!
Jeron

Thursday, 22 April 2021 10:26

Prayer & Planning

In my Bible reading this morning I was in the middle part of 1st Chronicles where King Saul was specifically called out for not taking the time to inquire of the Lord in his decisions and planning and then a few chapters later King David is repeatedly shown intentionally seeking out the Lord’s direction and will. The obvious take away for me was that as a steward leader of Jesus’ church I need to keep asking the Lord for his direction and for divine wisdom.  I can’t see the future and as far as I know we don’t have anyone in our church who can see the future, but Jesus is the Lord of history – how foolish we would be if we didn’t seek the Lord!  Then, while I was eating breakfast I had my face in a pastoral leadership book (Sticky Teams by Larry Osborn) and the author gave the leadership axiom, “Plan in Pencil,” and he says this:  “Rigid plans, guidelines and regulations work fin in a stable environment. But if there is anything we know about the future, it won’t be anything like what we expected.” Wow! That’s been so true over the last year, hasn’t it?  And frankly that has been so true since I came to Living Water in 2004. Every year there are unexpected changes and every year we face some kind decision forced upon us because of growth.  Our church has had to change so much!  It’s been great, and it’s been hard!  But by God’s grace I think we’ve made a lot of right calls and decisions.  I’ve been so proud of this congregation’s willingness to change and adapt and be flexible with adding services or changing worship times or bringing on new staff.  This congregation has again and again prioritized mission and ministry over personal preference and comfort. Well guess what? It’s time to seek the Lord again and its time to plan.  As we are just a few months away from the new building opening, we really need to ask the Lord what needs to be done.  Will we see a lot of new people join our church family?  Will we need to create new structures and new ministries?  New job descriptions?  What new opportunities will we have to share the gospel?  What new groups of people can we ministry too?  Would it be wise to change our worship service times?  As our pastoral staff and Elder Board can tell you, the last few months I’ve been bombarding them with ideas and thoughts about how to prepare for the future.  I really, really want to be ready for growth.  I really, really don’t want to get caught off guard by unforeseen issues.  Even yesterday some of us pastors met and were kicking around ideas for how to restructure our children’s ministry for maximum effectiveness.  We are furiously writing out plans (which I think is wise and good stewardship practice).  What I needed to hear today was that it’s ok if our plans are in pencil.  What we’ve all learned this last year is that we don’t know what to expect and we don’t know what’s going to happen and that a “set in stone” plan for the coming 6 months and the new building’s opening is foolishness.  But what I really, really want to know is if God finds our plans pleasing and good or if we should pull out the eraser.  Will you join me in following King David’s example and constantly seeking the Lord and inquiring of him about what is best?  I’ll try to keep you informed about decisions that we are facing as we move into the Fall.  Please continue to pray for the successful completion of the building project and that it would come in under budget.  Pray for the fund-raising and that the Lord would provide us the ability to be debt free in the near future.  Pray for the ongoing generosity of our congregation in all matters financial.  Please pray for the safety of the workers.  Pray for the Facility and Finance Team that they could make good decisions.  Pray for wisdom for the Elder Board and Pastoral Staff and for protection from the enemies attacks.  Pray for us to make the right decisions regarding administration, policies, programming and ministry plans.  Pray for our congregation that our love for Jesus would grow and grow!  Please pray that we would be a church that gets better and better at making disciples for the Lord.  Pray that when the time comes for us to receive new people into our church that our members wouldn’t be too busy to love them and bless them. Pray that our church would have a deep desire to see lives transformed and to see Jesus glorified.

Here’s some of what’s happening at Living Water in the near future…


 

WORSHIP SERVICES

Our Worship Services are at 9:00 and 10:45 A.M. 

This Sunday the Message is from Psalm 139

We’re having a fundraiser for kids to attend Eagle Lake Camp – lots of baked goods available this Sunday!   

Hymn Sing will be at 6:30 P.M. in the Sanctuary

New Sermon Series starts May 9: The Book of Daniel

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

Recently Pastor Bo led our quarterly membership class. This last Sunday, Tom & Becky Bradshaw and Bruce & Regina Denton, became members. There are some more folks who attended the class who are waiting to be interviewed by representatives from the Elder Board. If you are interested in becoming a member of Living Water please contact Pastor Bo with questions at 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

FAMILY TEAM POPCORN and MOVIE April 23

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WAVES BIBLE QUIZZING MINISTRY UPDATE

Living Water Bible Quizzers have been studying Exodus all year and 16 quizzers have earned the opportunity to travel to WASHINGTON to participate in our WORLD quiz meet for 2021! :) As you can imagine, this will be a trip to remember, but we would appreciate your help to get us there!

There are a few ways to help us!

1. You can sponsor a quizzer or donate cash gifts through your quizzer by sending a check to Living Water Bible Fellowship with WAVES in the memo line!

2. Several parents have items for sale with the proceeds benefiting our WORLD trip.

3. WAVES will have a bake sale and concessions at LWBF's Family Movie night on May 28! Watch for times and details!

4. Join our Pastor/Quizzer Quiz off! Quizzers will have a pledge fundraiser to collect your pledges for each answer they get correctly! We will also have a spaghetti lunch and silent auction on this date! Stay tuned for dates!

LADIES SPRING TEA May 1

Please R.S.V.P. by April 24 to the church office (589-6351) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. childcare available. 

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BABY DEDICATIONS May 2

At Living Water we offer a time for parents to make a public statement of their desire for God’s grace upon their children and to dedicate them to the Lord.  If you have an infant or toddler that you would like to be dedicated to the Lord in one of our worship services, please contact Pastor Jeron at 589-6351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Melissa Haddican (Nursery Director) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MISSION BOARD UPDATE

Living Water’s Mission Board consists of Nichole Defee, Jeron Parkins, Alex Toth, Joy Massey and our chairperson is Eric Palmer. This Summer we are expecting to have Deric and Rebecca Sneller and family (Missionaries to Japan) visit us in late May and Jeremy and Beth Schmidt and family (Missionaries in North Africa) join us in August. Please watch for opportunities to interact with your missionaries. Recently we were happy to donate $1,000 toward the Baskets of Hope Easter Project initiative sponsored by our missionaries Wendell and Heather Garrison serving with SOAR International.  Eric Palmer and the Guatemala team have their plane tickets and would appreciate your prayers to accomplish all their ministry plans and for safe travels and that God would use them for his glory. The FOCUS Nicaragua Team was able to meet on Saturday morning, April 17 with Jimmy Smith (Converge Mobilization Specialist), who helped us prepare for implementation of our plan to start sending groups to Nicaragua. If you would like information on our missionaries there are Mission Books in the lobby. 

Joy Massey is our prayer coordinator and she said the next Nicaragua Prayer Meeting is Friday, May 7th at 6:30pm. 

Join in person at the church or Zoom Meeting:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78447538281?pwd=VE1wQkhOeFVWYzdDazFZWnpyZ0x6dz09

Meeting ID: 784 4753 8281

Passcode: g6Wq72

LATIN NIGHT May 21

Living Water’s Mission Board and Family Team are planning a fun night of fellowship, dinner and some dancing lessons on Friday, May 21. Proceeds will go towards Guatemala Mission Team projects. More information to come! 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY BUILDING UPDATE

The last few weeks one of the contractors has fallen seriously behind in the installation of heating and ventilation systems, which has caused a bottleneck for other contractors, who can’t do their part of the project until the work is finished. Our General Contractor is working through this issue. Please be in prayer that it would be resolved quickly. If you want more information on the Bringing Life Project or want to know how to give financially (including anonymously) please click on this link: https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/ or contact Pastor Greg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-1430. Thank you!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL June 28-July 2

The VBS theme this year is “Destination Dig; Unearthing the Truth about Jesus.” Brenna Rivale is this year’s VBS director. If you want to contribute in some way to this outreach or serve with the VBS team this year please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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REIGN YOUTH GROUP MISSIONS WEEK July 11-16

While the Gallup reservation is still not open for the youth to serve, they will be working locally to bless our community. 

EAGLE LAKE DAY CAMP July 19-23

Please go to https://eaglelakecamps.com/camp/livingwater/ to register your children. 

Please contact Pastor Bo for more information. 

Dates: July 19–23, 2021 Ages: 6-12  Length: Mon–Fri, 9 am- 4 pm  Cost: $200

Activities: Arts & Crafts, Block Racers, Gagaball, Group Games, Inflatables, Laser Tag, Speakers & Worship, Tie Dye, and Many More!

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMMIT August 5-6

gls2021

We’ve hosted the Global Leadership Summit for several years now. Most of those registering have been from the local businesses or city and county employees. It’s been nice to serve our local community by hosting this uplifting and encouraging leadership conference at Living Water. If you want to participate the cost is $99 until July 13th. Click on the following link and when prompted insert this code 21SVTEAM  https://register.globalleadership.org/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=21SVTEAM 

FAREWELL PARTY

This time of the year it is common for folks to transition out of the San Luis Valley for new jobs. If you have farewell parties for people please respond to this email and let me know and I’ll announce it.

On Sunday, May 2 we’re having a farewell gathering for John and Lynn Clark as they transition to Texas.  It’s from 2-4 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall.


Thanks for Reading!
Jeron

Thursday, 15 April 2021 11:42

Good Morning Church Family and Friends

We pastors met yesterday and talked about the difference between the living church and church structures. Structures and systems (buildings, by-laws, programs and ministries) are put in place for the sake of the mission of the church and for the people of the church.  The church doesn’t exist for the sake of structures and systems but for Jesus and his people. Think about it this way: As a gardener puts up a trellis to support the vine, we put structures and systems in place to support people and their relationship with God. The vine’s health and thriving is the point of the trellis. The grape vine doesn’t exist for the trellis but the trellis exists for the vine and the vinedresser’s purpose of experiencing a harvest. A strong trellis needs to be strong once the vine starts to bear grapes.  As church leaders we are will continue to develop our systems and structures but we dare not lose sight of the purpose. We aren’t in the business of making a bigger bureaucracy. We aren’t shooting for a bigger campus as an end goal. Success for a church isn’t the production of a policy manual (thank God!) or a beautiful trellis. It’s all about the vine. It’s all about the people of Jesus becoming like Jesus.  It’s about people like you learning to follow Jesus.  It’s about the people of Jesus bearing fruit for God’s glory.  It’s about disciples making disciples. As time goes on we will continually go to work on the trellis, seeking to make it stronger and better suited to producing a harvest – we will continually seek to upgrade and adapt our programs and ministries and systems and structures to create an environment and setting for people to hear the gospel and grow in their relationship with Christ. What I want to say to you is that as we see a new building come on line, as we see software more fully implemented and new classes or groups start, it won’t matter if people don’t engage (what good is a trellis without a vine?).  We can set the table and have the richest of food, but if nobody sits down to eat, it’s all for not.  You are the church. You are the vine. Your transformation into the image of Christ is the goal. As pastors we want to build a trellis so to speak, that does an excellent job at helping the vine be as productive as possible. To this could be added the additional metaphor of environment (sun and soil and water) – we want to have a church that is rich in fellowship, teaching, serving, worship and gospel proclamation so that you can become a healthy disciple (which Pastor Bo defined for us as being a family member Mark 3:31-35; a learner Matthew 11:28-29; a servant Luke 22:25-27; a worshiper John 4:23-24; and a missionary Matthew 28:19-20). To do so, we might need to change some of our systems or our practices (without changing the truth or watering down the gospel). Maybe we are offering classes or groups that aren’t meeting you where you are or aren’t at the times that work for your schedule.  Let us know and we can seek to bring some options. But my brother and sister, are you putting yourself into a position to grow? Are you putting yourself in a position to learn? Are you organizing your life to know Jesus more?  Are you intent upon learning how to serve Jesus?  Jesus’ command to teach people his commands assumes that there are people who want to learn and want to follow the Lord. We as pastors are trusting that the Spirit of God is moving in people’s lives today, calling them to himself. If the Spirit of Jesus is moving in your life and calling you to growth, what needs to change in your life?  For most people in this fast paced, over committed world, it means saying no to certain things so that you can have the space in your life to draw near to God. It means prioritizing practices that lead to knowing God, and learning his ways. Are you on the same spiritual level you were a few years ago? Why or why not? Are you more like Jesus today that you were five years ago?  God is at work in your life and there are a lot of things that contribute in his providence to your transformation (including suffering and trials) but you play a key role in your sanctification and your growth into Christ-likeness. Will you put yourself into the right environment to grow and place around yourself the right structures that lead to bearing fruit? The alternative is to be conformed to the world. What will become of you over the remainder of 2021? 

Here’s a quick update on what’s happening at the church in the near future…


WORSHIP SERVICES

Our Worship Services are at 9:00 and 10:45 A.M. 

FAMILY TEAM POPCORN and MOVIE April 23

EAGLE LAKE CAMP BAKESALE April 25

We’re having a fundraiser for kids to attend Eagle Lake Camp (coming to Alamosa July 19-23). There will be all kinds of baked goods available on Sunday April, 25! If you haven’t registered your kids yet for camp here’s the link: Please go to https://eaglelakecamps.com/camp/livingwater/

LADIES SPRING TEA May 1

Please R.S.V.P. by April 24 to the church office (589-6351) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. childcare available

BABY DEDICATIONS May 2

At Living Water we offer a time for parents to make a public statement of their desire for God’s grace upon their children and to dedicate them to the Lord.  If you have an infant or toddler that you would like to be dedicated to the Lord in one of our worship services, please contact Pastor Jeron at 589-6351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Melissa Haddican (Nursery Director) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LATIN NIGHT May 21

Living Water’s Mission Board and Family Team are planning a fun night of fellowship, dinner and some dancing lessons on Friday, May 21. Proceeds will go towards Guatemala Mission Team projects. More information to come! 

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY BUILDING UPDATE

The prep work for stucco on the north side of the building is happening today (please pray for the guys outside – the wind is terrible) but the bulk of changes are still happening on the inside. What a great tool it is going to be for decades ahead for the Lord’s glory and changing lives for the better. If you want more information on the Bringing Life Project or want to know how to give financially (including anonymously) please click on this link: https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/ or contact Pastor Greg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 588-1430. Thank you!

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL June 28-July 2

The VBS theme this year is “Destination Dig; Unearthing the Truth about Jesus.” Brenna Rivale is this year’s VBS director. If you want to contribute in some way to this outreach or serve with the VBS team this year please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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REIGN YOUTH GROUP MISSIONS WEEK July 11-16

While the Gallup reservation is still not open for the youth to serve, they will be working locally to bless our community. 

EAGLE LAKE DAY CAMP July 19-23

Please go to https://eaglelakecamps.com/camp/livingwater/ to register your children. 

Please contact Pastor Bo for more information. 

Dates: July 19–23, 2021 Ages: 6-12  Length: Mon–Fri, 9 am- 4 pm  Cost: $200

Activities: Arts & Crafts, Block Racers, Gagaball, Group Games, Inflatables, Laser Tag, Speakers & Worship, Tie Dye, and Many More!

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMMIT August 5-6

gls2021

We’ve hosted the Global Leadership Summit for several years now. Most of those registering have been from the local businesses or city and county employees. It’s been nice to serve our local community by hosting this uplifting and encouraging leadership conference at Living Water. If you want to participate the cost is $99 until July 13th. Click on the following link and when prompted insert this code 21SVTEAM  https://register.globalleadership.org/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=21SVTEAM 

FAREWELL PARTY

This time of the year it is common for folks to transition out of the San Luis Valley for new jobs. If you have farewell parties for people please respond to this email and let me know and I’ll announce it.

On Sunday, May 2 we’re having a farewell gathering for John and Lynn Clark as they transition to Texas.  It’s from 2-4 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall.


Thanks for Reading!
Jeron

Wednesday, 31 March 2021 16:39

Good Morning Church!

I was shocked at the weather forecast – no snow predicted on Resurrection Sunday!  70 degrees!  Looks like its going to be a great day without having to wear snowsuits and MAYBE  no wind – Yes, miracles still happen! Ha! Keep praying for the people you’ve invited to join you at services – nothing is impossible for God! They will be invited to give their lives to the Lord – pray that the Holy Spirit convicts people of their need for the salvation that Jesus offers and that people would enter life – nothing is impossible for God!

May our majestic Lord be exalted in our sight and in the eyes of the world, and may we all come further under his loving and glorious reign. 

Here’s what we have planned for the coming months: 


 

GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP SERVICE, APRIL 2

We call the day of Jesus’ arrest, suffering, and death “Good Friday” because of what Jesus accomplished through his sacrificial work on the cross. Come and worship the Savior on Friday night, April 2 at 7:00 p.m.

RESURRECTION SUNDAY SERVICES April 4

Please start inviting people to Easter Worship Services on April 4th at 8:00, 9:30 or 11:00 am. Services will be a bit shorter so we will keep the kids in the services with parents – Children’s Ministry will resume on April 11.  Nursery available – we might need some help with the 8:00 a.m. nursery – please contact Melissa Shipp if you want to help: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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EASTER BASKETS OF HOPE PROJECT

This Easter Season Living Water’s Mission Team is joining with our Missionaries Wendell and Heather Garrison (serving with SOAR International Ministries) in their Baskets of Hope project. The goal is to love and share the gospel with impoverished and orphaned children in Russia and Abkhazia.  Easter is the most significant religious holiday in Russia. This special season provides a unique opportunity to share the message of Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection with an amazingly receptive audience. During the Easter season, SOAR delivers hundreds of gift-filled Baskets (i.e. tote bags, backpacks, etc.) and Bibles to at-risk children. Go to www.soarinternational.org where you can donate. $40 covers a basket. 

MEMBERSHIP CLASS APRIL 6 & 13

Want to learn more about this church? Ready to become a member of Living Water? Attend the Membership Class. This quarter the membership class is taking place on Tuesday, April 6 and  Tuesday, April 13. Here is the link to RSVP for the class:  https://lwbf.churchcenter.com/groups/seasonal-classes/new-members-class-spring please contact Pastor Bo with questions at 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MEN’S BREAKFAST AND PRAYER Thursday Mornings at 6:00 a.m.

The guys meet in the fellowship hall for some food and fellowship, followed by a time of study and prayer. They are starting a new study on the Holy Spirit – Forgotten God. Books will be passed out this coming Thursday, April 1st

BAPTISM SUNDAY April 11

Baptism is a sign of one’s repentance and faith.  It is an act in which you publicly declare your trust and allegiance to Jesus.  Ideally it should happen soon after a person has made the decision to follow Jesus. Have you started following Jesus but haven’t yet been baptized?  The next baptisms will take place Sunday, April 11. Please contact Pastor Jeron (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 589-6351) if you are ready to obey Jesus in this area, or if you have questions.

FAMILY TEAM POPCORN and MOVIE April 23

EAGLE LAKE CAMP BAKESALE April 25

We’re having a fundraiser for kids to attend Eagle Lake Camp (coming to Alamosa July 19-23). There will be all kinds of baked goods available on Sunday April, 25! If you haven’t registered your kids yet for camp here’s the link: Please go to https://eaglelakecamps.com/camp/livingwater/

LADIES SPRING TEA May 1

Please R.S.V.P. by April 24 to the church office (589-6351) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. childcare available

BABY DEDICATIONS May 2

At Living Water we offer a time for parents to make a public statement of their desire for God’s grace upon their children and to dedicate them to the Lord.  If you have an infant or toddler that you would like to be dedicated to the Lord in one of our worship services, please contact Pastor Jeron at 589-6351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Melissa Haddican (Nursery Director) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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NEW BUILDING UPDATE

The Construction of the Christian Education and Community Building continues to proceed on time and under budget. Currently the walls are going up, the electricians are setting up their runs and getting things finalized for inspection and the plumber is getting things ready for fixtures. Sheetrocking may start soon and construction of the stairways is scheduled for early April. We expect parking lot work to be done in mid to late April. If you want to learn more about the project or give to the building fund feel free to contact Pastor Greg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to www.bringinglifeproject.org  

COLLEGE STUDENT SUMMER PROJECT/GROWTH ACTIVITY

Come join us for a life changing summer you will never forget. The 14 day Crush Fear summer project is an outdoor adventure that equips you to better follow Jesus and expand His kingdom. The project is located at Three Trails Ranch near the small mountain town of Durango, Colorado.

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When: May 23th - June 6th, 2021

Cost: $485 - $100 deposit holds your spot.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL June 28-July 2

Brenna Rivale is this year’s VBS director. If you want to contribute in some way to this outreach or serve with the VBS team this year please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP June 26-July 3

 

REIGN YOUTH GROUP MISSIONS WEEK July 11-16

EAGLE LAKE DAY CAMP July 19-23

Please go to https://eaglelakecamps.com/camp/livingwater/ to register your children. 

Please contact Pastor Bo for more information. 

Dates: July 19–23, 2021 Ages: 6-12  Length: Mon–Fri, 9 am- 4 pm  Cost: $200

Activities: Arts & Crafts, Block Racers, Gagaball, Group Games, Inflatables, Laser Tag, Speakers & Worship, Tie Dye, and Many More!

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMMIT August 5-6

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We’ve hosted the Global Leadership Summit for several years now. Most of those registering have been from the local businesses or city and county employees. It’s been nice to serve our local community by hosting this uplifting and encouraging leadership conference at Living Water. If you want to participate the cost is $99 until July 13th. Click on the following link and when prompted insert this code 21SVTEAM  https://register.globalleadership.org/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=21SVTEAM 

MISSIONS at Living Water

The Mission of the LWBF Mission Board is to spread the gospel of Christ and equip disciples to be effective witnesses of the gospel at home and abroad. As a church we support 13 missionary couples/families at locations around the world. We encourage you to get involved with our missionaries and look into opportunities to partner with them personally in their gospel work. Recently, after more than a year of careful consideration, outside feedback, and a survey trip, our Mission Board has embarked on a more intensive partnership with our missionaries in Granada, Nicaragua, Scott & Jennifer Esposito. We anticipate seeing our people developed and equipped as disciples as we take multiple trips to Nicaragua to invest in the ongoing ministries of R.E.A.P Granada.  Please check out the Webpage to sign up for more information and please consider joining us in prayer this Friday night.

Nicaragua FOCUS webpage: https://www.livingwateralamosa.org/ministries/mission/focus

Friday Prayer Meeting  We will have our monthly Nicaragua Prayer Meeting the second Friday of the month in the Fellowship Hall – April 9th at 6:30 p.m.

Missionary Booklet containing contact information for our missionaries located in the foyer. 

CCSP Board Members Needed

Christian Community Service Projects (CCSP) (http://www.betheservant.org) is looking for board members. We have several groups coming to help our community and those in need of home/property improvements and/or clean ups.

ONGOING MINISTRIES

Various Community Groups and Bible Studies throughout the week (call office or look on website for details). 

Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry: preschool – 5th grade during the 10:45 service

Tidal Waves Teen Study meets Sunday mornings at 10:45 in the Reign Building

Anchored College Group meets Tuesday nights at 6:30 – call office for information

Mothers of Preschoolers Group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

Reign Youth Group meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Reign Building. 

Waves Children’s Bible Quizzing meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Sprung Building

Thursday Men’s Prayer Breakfast  meets at 6:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

PASTOR, ELDER AND DEACON BOARD CONTACT EMAILS

    • Pastor Jeron        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
    • Elder Board:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Deacon Board:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Greg:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Luke:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Bo:           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Janice:                This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

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Thanks for reading!  Pastor Jeron

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